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29 Photos That Perfectly Sum Up Life With Toddlers

09/14/2015 09:15am ET | Updated September 14, 2015

Toddlers.

They've been called a**holes, dictators and tiny drunk people. But mere words don't capture what it's really like to live with a toddler.

We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to show us "one photo that totally sums up what it's like to parent a toddler" and received hundreds of chaos-filled responses. From food messes to public tantrums to potty training disasters, the pictures show why this phase is known as "the terrible twos" (or is it "the terrible threes" nowadays?)

Here are 29 parents' photos and thoughts about life with toddlers.

1
Ann McChill
2
Lindsay Pooler
3
Kimberly Hartung
4
Anna Yang
5
Tamyra Bravener
"Who needs skin cream when peanut butter is so much better and tastier?"
6
A Paige Bagley
"When you turn your back for two minutes and she finds red lipstick."
7
Jill Tiller
"Who doesn't love a good coffee table omelet made by a 2-year-old while you're trying to get the 7-month-old to take a nap?"
8
Ashley Dowdy
9
Lisa Garcia
"When he wakes up and the first thing he wants to do is go outside but only sits still long enough to put shoes on."
10
Abby Worden
11
Lindsay Atkinson
"Potty training at its finest."
12
Chanel Elise Latimer
"The time he decided it was easier to keep his Goldfish in a tic tac container."
13
Sarah Dailey
14
Ashly Fithian
15
Kelly Robinson McMahon
16
Katy MacDiarmid Leach
17
Brittany Milam
18
Erin Wilfong
19
Emma Woodward
20
Cyndie Vu
"They told me they were in jail."
21
Tora Lou Williams
"As long as he does it in the potty!!"
22
Lungelo Sinethemba Mthethwa
"He decided he wanted to wear his top on his head. Because I said he can't wear it."
23
Kristina Morocco
24
Kallie DiGiovanni
25
Linda Deiana
26
Meredith Medura
"Making salsa... in the carpet."
27
Erin Hehn
"Shopping at Target with a 3-year-old."
28
Becky Anne
29
Dawna Talamantes Vargas
"When you're trying help your toddler eat but they think they're independent!"

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